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Brighton transfer news: Deniz Undav signs in £6m deal but Seagulls pull out of Julio Enciso move

Deniz Undav joins from Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, the Belgian club co-owned by Seagulls chairman Tony Bloom; striker to spend rest of the season on loan at Union; Brighton pull out of deal for Julio Enciso but sign England youth international Benicio Baker-Boaitey on loan from Porto

 Deniz Undav of Union St-Gilloise in action with the ball during the Jupiler Pro League match between Royale Union Saint-Gilloise and Cercle Brugge KSV at Joseph Marien stadium on December 18, 2021 in Brussels, Belgium
Image: Deniz Undav has cost Brighton £6m

Brighton have signed Deniz Undav from Royale Union Saint-Gilloise for a fee of around £6m.

The 25-year-old striker has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal at the Amex, but will remain on loan at Union - who currently lead the Belgian top flight - until the end of the season.

Speaking to the club's website, Brighton head coach Graham Potter said of Undav: "We are really looking forward to his arrival and working with him from next summer, as we prepare for the 2022/23 season."

Dan Ashworth, the Seagulls' technical director, added: "Deniz is an exciting player who will add variation to our attacking options for next season."

Undav joined Union in the summer of 2020 and helped them to promotion to the Jupiler Pro League last season.

The German has a total of 35 goals and 18 assists in 52 games for the Belgian side.

Brighton have two players currently on loan at Union - 18-year-old Poland international Kacper Kozlowski, who was signed early in the January window, and Japan international Kaoru Mitoma.

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Brighton chairman Tony Bloom is co-owner of the Belgian club.

Brighton pull out of Enciso deal

While Brighton have signed one forward in Undav, a deal for another has collapsed after they pulled out of the signing of Julio Enciso.

The Premier League side were keen to bring in the 18-year-old Paraguay international this month, but have now walked away from the deal - worth around £6m - due to complications.

Enciso - who has three caps for his country - plays his club football with Paraguayan side Libertad.

Brighton make late swoop for Baker-Boaitey

Brighton made a late Deadline Day swoop to sign Porto winger Benicio Baker-Boaitey on loan until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent move.

The 18-year-old wide player, who began his career with West Ham, will initially join Andrew Crofts' Brighton U23s squad.

Crofts said: "Benicio is an exciting player and one who we are looking forward to working with, initially between now and the end of the season.

"Now the challenge is to show what his strengths are, continue his development, and push forward with his progression in the second part of the season."

Londoner Baker-Boaitey came through the ranks with West Ham, before leaving for Porto at the beginning of the 2020/21 season.

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